Primary Care Specialty Care / Referrals
Women's Health Lab / X-Ray
Travel Medicine Clinical Forms
Sports Medicine Clinical Staff
Allergy Injections
STD Prevention and Testing
Guidelines for Faculty and
Staff Planning International
Travel with Students
   


Primary Care

Most primary care services are provided free of charge. You do not need to have the University sponsored insurance plan to be eligible for care at the Student Health Center. Students may choose to be seen on a drop in basis, however we encourage students to make an on-line appointment at mystudenthealth.miami.edu. Wait times vary, but most students are seen within 30 minutes. The wait times may be longer during busy times or if an emergency occurs. Peak times are mid-day and late afternoon, especially on Mondays and Fridays.


Women's Health

Women's Health visits offer contraception counseling, sexual health counseling, S.T.D. screening, and an annual gynecologic exam or "pap" test if indicated.

Although many women associate their annual visit with a pelvic exam or pap test (screening for cervical cancer), an annual pap test is not necessary or appropriate for all women, current recommendations are to begin pap screening at age 21. These recommendations are based on the observation that pap test abnormalities due to HPV(Human Papilloma Virus) are common during the first two years after the initiation of vaginal intercourse, but frequently regress without intervention. Although a pap test may not be necessary, sexually active young women should have annual screening for Chlamydia and possibly for other sexually transmitted diseases. This testing can be performed either as a part of the gynecologic or pelvic examination, or from a urine specimen if pap testing is not necessary.

According to the most recent guidelines,. women between the ages of 21 to 29 should be screened every 3 years as long as pap test is normal. Women ages 30 to 65 have two options: they can undergo regular pap smears every 3 years if pap is normal. Or they can also have a pap smear along with an HPV test every 5 years, as long as both are normal. These recommendations are the same for women who have received the HPV vaccine as well as women who have not. If you are not sure which to choose it can be discussed at your women's health visit.

Contraception counseling during the women's health visit will include a review of contraception options, on-going assessment of risk for complications from hormonal contraception ("the pill", others) and evaluation of response to previously prescribed contraception. Although you will need to receive the appropriate annual assessment and screening to receive on-going contraception prescriptions, you will not be required to have a pap test prior to starting hormonal contraception. Initiation of hormonal contraception is available by scheduling a Women's Health visit. Refills of contraception can be requested by secure message, if appropriate follow-up has been performed or has been scheduled for the near future.

When you schedule your annual Women's Health visit, you may choose whether you need a pap test based on the criteria above. If you are not sure, schedule a visit with a pap test and the need for a pap test can be assessed at the time of the appointment. Women's Health visits can be scheduled on-line via mystudenthealth.

Annual Women's Health Clinic visits are offered at no charge to students with the University sponsored insurance plan. For students without the University sponsored insurance plan charges can be submitted to most insurance companies and in most situations will be reimbursed  without co-pay or deductible.  For students insured by the insurance companies that we are unable to bill (out of state HMO's, international insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare), charges are collected at the time of visit. Students covered by Cigna or Humana who want charges to be submitted to either of these insurance companies will need to designate us as their primary care provider. Front desk staff can assist with this process.
Once charges have been submitted to your insurance company and the claim has been processed, you will receive an explanation of benefits (E.O.B.) from your insurance provider. If there is a remaining balance after the insurance claim has been processed, attempts will be made to collect the  balance, but if attempts are unsuccessful, a registration hold will be placed until payment has been received A statement of charges can be viewed at mystudenthealth.miami.edu . If you have any remaining balance after your insurance claim has been processed, payments can be made at miami.edu/paystudenthealth.
If for any reason students do NOT want us to bill their insurance provider, we will accept direct payment at the time of service.  Self-pay charges are $100 if a pap test is required, or $60 if a pap test is not required. For women 30 and over choosing to be screened every 5 years with a pap smear and HPV, the total cost for the pap and HPV is  $165.
Other Women's Health services include emergency contraception, S.T.D. screening, pregnancy testing and evaluation of breast problems. Please note that Emergency Contraception is available at our pharmacy and most other pharmacies without a prescription for those 17 years and older.


Travel Medicine

International travel is fun and exciting, but it is also important to stay healthy while you are abroad. Many diseases that are not found in the United States are found in other areas of the world, which can place a traveler at risk. Immunizations, malaria prophylaxis, antibiotics for travelers' diarrhea, as well as travel advice specific for your travel destination and activities are available from the Health Center.

Students who require travel medicine consultation (typically those traveling to places other than Western Europe, Canada and Australia) should schedule a travel medicine appointment at least 6 weeks prior to their scheduled departure. The Student Health Center is an authorized yellow fever vaccine center.  Other available vaccines include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, polio, meningococcal, pneumovax, diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, varicella (chicken pox), MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), HPV (Human Papillomavirus), and seasonal influenza vaccines.

Appointments can be scheduled at mystudenthealth.miami.edu. You should complete a travel medicine questionnaire prior to your appointment, this online form is available on mystudenthealth.miami.edu once you schedule your appointment. Please be sure to bring your travel itinerary and vaccination records to your appointment.

Referring to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) travel site will also better prepare you for the travel medicine appointment. Students with the Health Center sponsored insurance are encouraged to review their travel benefits prior to their departure.
The charge for travel services is billed directly to UnitedHealthcare for students covered by the University sponsored insurance plan. For students without the University sponsored insurance plan, charges can be submitted to most insurance companies however amount of reimbursement varies. Please contact your insurance company for information about your travel medicine coverage, co-payments, coinsurance and deductibles. For students insured by the insurance companies that we are unable to bill (out of state HMO's, international insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare), charges are collected at the time of visit
A statement of charges can be viewed at mystudenthealth.miami.edu. Once charges have been submitted to your insurance company and the claim has been processed, you will receive an explanation of benefits (E.O.B.) from your insurance provider. If you have any remaining balance after your insurance claim has been processed, payments can be made at miami.edu/paystudenthealth. .  If there is a remaining balance after the insurance claim has been processed, attempts will be made to collect the  balance, but if they are unsuccessful, a registration hold will be placed until payment has been received
If for any reason students do NOT want us to bill their insurance provider, we will accept direct payment at the time of service. 
Students enrolled in the University sponsored UnitedHealthcare insurance plan are eligible for global emergency assistance services when traveling abroad. Services are provided by Worldwide Assistance Services, Inc. (800) 898-3344).  Students with other insurance plans may purchase this additional coverage, more information is available on our student insurance webpage.

Coverage limits under the Premium Plan include:

  • Medical Evacuation: Covered up to $100,000.
  • Medical Repatriation: Covered up to $25,000.
  • Non-Medical Repatriation: Covered up to $5,000
  • Return of Remains: Covered up to $10,000
  • Transportation to visit a hospitalized student: Covered up to $5,000
  • Transportation to return companion: Covered up to $5,000
  • Transportation to return minor children: Covered up to $5,000
  • Hospital admission guarantee: $5,000
  • 24 hr AD&D: Covered up to $10,000
Please keep in mind, should you need medical care while abroad, payment may be required at the time of service. Please keep all invoices and receipts to allow you to submit for reimbursement of any eligible expenses upon your return. You may also wish to purchase additional travel insurance for services not provided by this plan.

Guidelines for Faculty and Staff Planning International Travel with Students

Before you travel with students please review and abide by the following guidelines:

Sports Medicine / Orthopedics

University of Miami Department of Orthopedics residents are available to provide care for sports related injuries and other orthopedic problems on Friday mornings. The charge for these services is billed directly to UnitedHealthcare for students covered by the University sponsored insurance plan. For students without the University sponsored insurance plan charges can be submitted to most insurance companies.  If there is a remaining balance after the insurance claim has been processed, attempts will be made to collect the  balance, but if attempts are unsuccessful, a registration hold will be placed until payment has been received
A statement of charges can be viewed at mystudenthealth.miami.edu. Once charges have been submitted to your insurance company and the claim has been processed, you will receive an explanation of benefits (E.O.B.) from your insurance provider. If you have any remaining balance after your insurance claim has been processed, payments can be made at miami.edu/paystudenthealth.
For students insured by the insurance companies that we are unable to bill (out of state HMO's, international insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare), charges are collected at the time of visit. Students If for any reason students do NOT want us to bill their insurance provider, we will accept direct payment at the time of service.  Self-pay charge is $55.

Appointments can be scheduled at mystudenthealth.miami.edu.

Allergy Injections

Students who have been evaluated by an allergist and have previously received immunotherapy (allergy shots) can receive their injections at the Health Center. Serum must be mailed or delivered to the Health Center. For students without the University sponsored insurance plan charges can be submitted to most insurance companies, subject to co-payment, co-insurance and deductible. For students insured by the insurance companies that we are unable to bill (out of state HMO's, international insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare), charges are collected at the time of visit. Students If for any reason students do NOT want us to bill their insurance provider, we will accept direct payment at the time of service.  Self-pay charges for allergy injections are $15 for one injection, $20 for two or more.


Specialty Care/ Referrals

Referrals to specialists are provided, as appropriate. Although referrals are not required under the United Healthcare policy, we encourage you to visit the Health Center prior to seeking specialty care in order to receive coordinated care and to limit your out of pocket expenses and deductibles. Those requiring specialty care can locate a provider by contacting UM Physician Referral at (305) 243-4000. Additional information on participating specialists can also be found on the United Healthcare website.


Lab / X-ray

Routine x-rays and other laboratory tests are available at Student Health. For students with the University sponsored insurance plan, these charges are billed directly to the insurance company. For students without the University sponsored insurance plan, charges can be submitted to most insurance companies, subject to co-payment, co-insurance and deductible..  For students insured by the insurance companies that we are unable to bill (out of state HMO's, international insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare), charges are collected at the time of visit. Students If for any reason students do NOT want us to bill their insurance provider, we will accept direct payment at the time of service


Clinical Forms

Clinical Staff
Internal Medicine:
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Carly Brown, MD
Family Medicine:
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Judy Arzadon, MSN, APRN, BC
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Caridad Bechtinger, MSN, APRN, BC
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Lachanda Dudley, MD
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Joseph Reinhardt, MD
Leanne Rutter, M.D.
Leanne Rutter, M.D.
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Gisel Stark, DNP, NP-C
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Megan Williams, MSN, APRN, BC

Nursing/ Triage Staff:
Reid Bladow, BSN, RN
Maritza Dubourg, BSN, RN
Yenis Breton, MA

Administrative Staff

Linda Walker
Manager Business Operations
lwalker@miami.edu

Gina Oubrar
Lab/X-Ray Manager
g.oubrar@miami.edu

Jessica Lausen
Student Insurance Coordinator
jlausen@miami.edu

Adam Troy, MPH, RPCV
Health Educator
a.troy@miami.edu

Howard Anapol, MD
Director
hanapol@miami.edu